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Berlioz: Harold In Italy; Paganini: Sonata Per La Grand Viola / Carpenter, Ashkenazy

Berlioz / Paganini / Carpenter
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1188   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector BerliozNiccolò Paganini
Performer:  David Aaron Carpenter
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For his second CD release, 25-year-old New York-born violist David Aaron Carpenter is joined by Vladimir Ashkenazy who leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Together they perform the Symphony with Viola obbligato, Harold in Italy, which Berlioz originally wrote on a commission from Paganini. The present recording features, for the first time, a more virtuoso soloist part written for Paganini. The coupling is a showpiece, which Nicolò Paganini wrote after rejecting his earlier Berlioz commission; "The Sonata per la Gran Viola displays the highest virtuosic writing for this instrument," says David Aaron Carpenter, who defines his mission as focusing attention on the viola as a great solo string instrument in its own Read more right.

Recipient of the 2011 Leonard Bernstein Award (on August 27, 2011) and winner of the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has emerged as one of the world's most promising young artists. In 2006, he won the prestigious Walter E. Naumburg Viola Competition and in 2007, he became protégé for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, being the youngest in this mentorship programme's history. David Aaron Carpenter has been the protégé of several major international musical figures, such as Pinchas Zukerman, Yuri Bashmet and Christoph Eschenbach.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 
2.
Harold en Italie, Op. 16 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  David Aaron Carpenter (Viola)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; France 
3.
Sonata for Viola and Orchestra by Niccolò Paganini
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1834 

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